Day 20: Working on Showmanship

Today is all about Showmanship. Stefanie Bubenzer will explain how to achieve better control over the right shoulder and what this can be useful for.

Stefanie BubenzerPicture by Stefan Roy

Stefanie Bubenzer is a judge for multiple associations and a DQHA, AQHA and APHA Professional Horsewoman. She is also a barn and breeding manager.
Stefanie runs her business in Germany and specializes in training all-round horses. She likes to coach and give clinics for Amateur and Youth riders of any level in order to prepare them for allround events.

Teaching the „Pull Turn“ in order to improve control of horses right shoulder 

The horse needs to connect the idea of moving the right should to the handler pulling on the chain. To give the horse a basic idea the handler can stand in front of the horse, pull the chain towards the right side of the handler and help the horse to move the shoulder with a lead rope. Slowly the handler can change his/her position towards the left side of the horse. 

It is very important to make sure, that the horse’s neck stays very straight and connected with the horse’s shoulders.

The better the handler is able to control both shoulders of the horse, the better the horse’s back up will be. Especially the back up on bended lines will improve if the handler is able to move the right shoulder of the horse. You can add the exercise explained above, to make sure the horse’s neck is connected with the shoulders of the horse. Be very picky to make sure that the horse’s neck stays as straight as possible. Check out the video to see what Steffi means.

The third exercise covers the control of the horses right shoulder while trotting left corners and squares. Also in this exercise the straightness of the horse’s neck is important. If the horse doesn’t follow the handler pulling on the chain, the handler can keep on trotting in a smaller circle or keep on repeating squares and keep on pulling  the chain with the same pressure until the horse follows the handler. Check out the video to watch the exercise.


Heute geht es in unserem Adventskalender um das Thema Showmanship und wie ihr dabei an der Kontrolle über die rechte Schulter arbeiten könnt – und was euch das bringt.

Stefanie BubenzerFoto: Stefan Roy

Stefanie Bubenzer ist Richterin in verschiedenen Verbänden und Professional Horsewoman der DQHA, AQHA und APHA. Sie ist außerdem ausgebildete Pferdewirtin mit Schwerpunkt Westernreiten.
Stefanie führt in Hattingen, NRW, ihren Trainingsbetrieb spezialisiert auf All-Around Pferde. Auf Kursen und im Unterricht hilft Stefanie gerne Amateuren, Jugendlichen und Freizeitreitern in allen All- Around Klassen und der Basisarbeit weiter. 

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